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Joel Meyerowitz, The Girl on the Train on stage, the Famous Women Dinner Service

Veteran photographer Joel Meyerowitz, The Girl on the Train at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's Famous Women Dinner Service, and Hugh Grant's career.

As he celebrates his 80th birthday, photographer Joel Meyerowitz looks back at his career which is the focus of his new book of photos, Where I Find Myself. It features his early work as a street photographer in New York in the '60s, his images of Ground Zero immediately after the 9/11 attacks, and his most recent still lifes in Tuscany.

In a unique commission to open the 2018 Charleston Festival, novelist Ali Smith will be performing a piece of creative prose inspired by the Famous Women Dinner Service, a work of 50 ceramic plates featuring the portraits of historical female figures, produced by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant in 1932. Kirsty discusses the significance and the artistry of the dinner service with Ali Smith, Darren Clarke, curator at Charleston, and art dealer Robert Travers.

The Girl on the Train, the psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins, became an overnight bestseller and was later adapted into a film starring Emily Blunt as the troubled Rachel who wakes up with a hangover and an uneasy feeling she's seen something she shouldn't have seen. Now it has been adapted for the stage and opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds with Jill Halfpenny as Rachel. Theatre Critic Nick Ahad has been to see it.

As Hugh Grant stars as the disgraced MP Jeremy Thorpe in the BBC drama A Very English Scandal, TV critic Emma Bullimore charts the evolution of Hugh Grant's career, from romcoms to recent darker roles.

Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • The Girl on the Train on stage

    Duration: 06:09

  • Joel Meyerowitz

    Duration: 09:36

  • Hugh Grant

    Duration: 03:52

  • The Famous Women Dinner Service

    Duration: 08:01

Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz's book Where I Find Myself: A Lifetime Retrospective is out now in hardback.

Joel Meyerowitz is giving a talk for Photo London called Why Colour at Somerset House, London on 19 May 2018.


Main image above:

Rescue workers on the plaza, New York city, 2001

Image credit: Courtesy and copyright of Joel Meyerowitz

Image to the Left: Joel Meyerowitz

Image credit: Courtesy and copyright of Joel Meyerowitz


The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train

 The Girl on a Train starring Jill Halfpenny is at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until 09 June 2018.

Image: Jill Halfpenny in rehearsal at West Yorkshire Playhouse's production of The Girl on the Train.

Image credit: Richard Davenport

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant stars as Jeremy Thorpe in BBC One's 3-part series A Very English Scandal,

which starts at 9.00 pm on Sunday 27 May 2018.

Image: Hugh Grant in A Very English Scandal

Image credit: BBC/Blueprint Television Ltd

The Famous Women Dinner Service

Writer Ali Smith presents Making the Plates Dance  at The Charleston Festival in Sussex, on 18 May 2018, where Ali recreates The Famous Women Dinner Service  as creative prose.



Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Joel Meyerowitz
Interviewed Guest Ali Smith
Interviewed Guest Darren Clarke
Interviewed Guest Robert Travers
Interviewed Guest Nick Ahad
Interviewed Guest Emma Bullimore
Producer Jerome Weatherald


  • Thu 17 May 2018 19:15



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